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#1 GLOCK22

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 09:30 PM

I will be traveling to O'Hare airport at the end of the month to drop my daughter off for a flight to Texas. My wife wants to wait with her until she boards. I have two questions. One, will I need to disarm before I reach the airport, and two, are there any areas between Rockford and O'Hare that have magazine limits. I plan to stay in the vehicle the entire time. If need be, I will leave the airport and return when the wife needs to be picked up. Any insight is greatly appreciated.
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Posted 08 December 2019 - 09:52 PM

If you stay in the car, you do not need to disarm. There are no mag limits for handguns. The parking lot exception applies to O'Hare.
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Posted 08 December 2019 - 10:08 PM

If you stay in the car, you do not need to disarm. There are no mag limits for handguns. The parking lot exception applies to O'Hare.

And, just go wait in the cell phone lot.  Those pesky nasty yellow jacketed cretins in the main circle through the terminals can be a pita.

 

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 10:12 PM

I will be traveling to O'Hare airport at the end of the month to drop my daughter off for a flight to Texas. My wife wants to wait with her until she boards. I have two questions. One, will I need to disarm before I reach the airport, and two, are there any areas between Rockford and O'Hare that have magazine limits. I plan to stay in the vehicle the entire time. If need be, I will leave the airport and return when the wife needs to be picked up. Any insight is greatly appreciated.


I’m not sure how old your daughter is but normally your wife can only stay with her until she enters the TSA waiting line. After that it’s tickets passengers only. If she is an unaccompanied minor you need to call the airline for their procedure.

You can drop your wife and daughter off at the departure terminal and go park in the cell phone lot. It is well marked. No need for you to disarm. Your wife can stay with your daughter until she enters the TSA line. After that she can take the escalator down one level to the arrivals area and call you with the door number she will be standing across from, they are well marked. Pick her up in the outer lane and be on your way.

I’m fairLy familiar with OHare so feel free to ask questions or PM me. The Cell phone lot is a good option as long as you both have cells.

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 05:36 AM

If you stay in the car, you do not need to disarm. There are no mag limits for handguns. The parking lot exception applies to O'Hare.

^^^^^THIS

 

You cannot enter the terminals armed. Even if you are staying outside of the sterile areas. The doors are properly marked too. Park in one of the lots, disarm and store appropriately and you are fine. 


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Posted 09 December 2019 - 07:48 AM

Lou and ScottFM have it right. Your wife will not go past the line TSA. It can be confusing or overwhelming for new travelers in the ticketing area... so your wife may be of some assistance to your daughter in there.

 

You won't be allowed to wait in your car on the departure level or at the arrivals level but you can do slow laps if you think she won't be too long. Definitely have her meet you in the outer lane on the arrivals (lower) level. As you circle around the airport it is difficult to return to the departure level. Be aware that there are two multi lane lanes down below. The inner lanes are for buses and taxis. You can stop for a moment along the outer lane to pick her up. It doesn't take too long to circle around again if you don't see her.

 

If you stay in your car... you will have no worries about being armed.


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Posted 09 December 2019 - 08:04 AM

FWIW, the same applies to my neighborhood's Midway Airport. The cell phone parking lot is just a couple blocks south of the terminal on Cicero - VERY convenient. I usually have a pickup call me when they have retrieved their luggage and are leaving the terminal building. The cell phone lot also has several porta-potties which 'can' be a godsend - lol


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Posted 09 December 2019 - 09:57 AM

It depends on the airline.  When my children were travelling to Texas for my Ex's visitation, I was able to get Gate passes to go to the gate with them, until the oldest was old enough to escort the other, by himself (which varies by Airline).  As mentioned by others, each airline varies, but single, unaccompanied minors need special forms and actual handoff to Airline personnel, and someone to receive the child on the other end.  This will be the case for younger children, up to a particular age.  After a certain age, 12-17 depending on airline, the child can board by themselves and deplane by themselves. 


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